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Sports Monday Trivia
Which Wolverine gridder
holds the honor of being the
highest drafted Michigan
0 football player since the
AFL/NFL merger in 1967?
(For the answer,
turn to page 2)

Inside Sports M iday
'M' Sports Calendar 2
Athlete of the Week 2
Women's Golf 2
Gill Again 3
Q&A 3
Basketball Recruiting 4
Men's Gymnastics 4
Men's Track 5
Women's Track 5

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The Michigan Daily-Sports Monday

April 22, 1991

Selection ends
anxious wait
by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
ASHTABULA, Ohio - Family
and friends filled the house of
fullback Jarrod Bunch yesterday
afternoon, making for a festive
mood while he nervously awaited
where the NFL draft would place
him next fall.
Bunch was considered one of the
"bubble" players that could have
gone anywhere from the late first
round to the early third round. The
difference between being picked last
in the first round and first in the
second round can be more than
$100,000 per year.
Here is a timetable chronicling
the events at the house, while Bunch
sweated out the fate of his future.
12:30 - About 15 people have
gathered in the living room around
the TV watching ESPN's live
coverage of the draft. Bunch is
sitting calmly over on the sofa, in-
tensely watching the screen. His at- .
tention is focused on figuring out
who is going where in the early
rounds. His brother is sitting next
to him with his girlfriend on the
other side. Guests, such as his
former high school coach, his
preacher, and even former NBA'er
Phil Hubbard, are slowly- trickling
into the house.
Former teammate in the back-
field, and now Cleveland Brown
running back, Leroy Hoard had
called a short time before. Bunch Mich
See BUNCH, Page 5 Bunc






Bunch eager to join Super Bowl champs

_ by Theodore CoxA
Daily Football Writer
ASHTABULA, Ohio - After five hours
of waiting in an overcrowded living room yes-
terday afternoon, "the house shook," when
commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced on
z TV that Wolverine fullback Jarrod Bunch had
been taken by the New York Giants as the last
pick in the first round of the NFL draft.
"I'm happy now," Bunch said. "Words
can't explain it. To see your name announced is
something that you can't explain, but we sat
through it. I'm just happy to be a part of the
New York Giants."
The senior becomes the first Michigan
player since Jim Harbaugh in 1987 to be se-
lected in the first round. Bunch gained 515
yards, averaging five yards per carry, in the
1990 season. The 6-foot-2, 247 pounder is one
of the quicker backs in the draft, running a 4.60
in the 40-yard dash.
"When they (Giants) came and worked me
out, they said they projected me as a player
that could play in the league 10 years," Bunch
x .Bunch will join former Wolverine players
Bobby Abrams and John 'Jumbo' Elliott.
"That's a team that loves Michigan play-
ers," Bunch said. "It's always been a dream of
mine to play on a Super Bowl team, and I have
the opportunity to come right in and play.
They told me they had only one fullback. I'll
be looking forward to continuing to wear the
blue. Hopefully, we'll get a Super Bowl ring
in the next few years."
The day was filled with suspense as it was
the longest first round in the history of the
draft. It wasn't until after 5:00 p.m. that
Bunch got a call from Giants coach Bill
Photo/JOSE JUAREZ Parcells.
ryland game. Bunch's selection came as somewhat of a
NFL draft. surprise to supporters in the gallery at a New

York City hotel who screamed for the Giants
to pick a much-needed wide receiver, a
quarterback or even another linebacker.
What they got instead was an heir apparent
to fullback Maurice Carthon, who will turn
30 on Wednesday.
Bunch might just be as good as Carthon,
long regarded as one of the best blocking backs
in the NFL. Bunch played the same role with
Michigan this season and helped Jon Vaughn
average 112.4 yards per game.
Bunch will leave for New York Friday and
spend the weekend with his future team.
However, today it is back to work, as he is
scheduled to drive back to Ann Arbor this
Teammate Jon Vaughn was the second
person to call Bunch after the good news.
Vaughn's future remained uncertain last night
as drafting was discontinued. No round can
begin after 9 p.m.
Bunch was also contacted by his agent
minutes after selection. One of the first things
Bunch plans to do after he signs a contract is
buy his mother a new house in Ashtabula.
"That first round money sounds good to
me right now," Bunch said. "Everything is
looking promising right now.
"I don't think the New York Giants
would choose somebody that they don't think
is a first-round player," he added. "They won
the Super Bowl so they must not be that
unintelligent to choose me."
Bunch also took time out to remember all
the people who had cheered him on.
"Everybody really pulled for me all
through my college career, high school
career," he said, "and now it's another level.
We just remembered to stay humble."
-The Associated Press contributed to this

higan fullback Jarrod Bunch runs for a touchdown during last season's Ma
ch was selected by the New York Giants in the first round of yesterday'sI

Track star stripped of final season

Women netters top
Iowa, Minnesota

by Josh Dubow
~ ~ 'Daily Sports Writer
Five-time all-American Mindy Rowand-
Schmidt thought she had a shot at a national
championship entering the 1991 outdoor track
season this March. But Rowand-Schmidt
didn't even win another qualifying heat; she
was ineligible.
The events leading up to her annulment
.. this past season hold less public appeal than
many athletic disqualifications; she didn't
test positive for drugs, she didn't accept ille-
gal money, and she didn't flunk her classes.
,k Nevertheless, wrongdoing occurred. Some-
one made a mistake, and Rowand-Schmidt is
paying for it with her eligibility.
After successfully completing her first
R'cross-country and indoor track seasons in
1986-87, Rowand-Schmidt injured her right
> ankle in March 1987. Track coach James
Henry, along with former assistant Sue Parks,
determined the injury serious enough to war-
rant Rowand-Schmidt missing the coming
outdoor season. At that time, they instructed
her to apply for a medical hardship waiver,
four years down the line. This waiver would
have granted Rowand-Schmidt a fourth year of
4 competition this year.
However, Michigan failed to comply with
the Big Ten rules regarding medical hardships.
O INFORMATION In April 1987, on the advice of Henry and

Parks, Rowand-Schmidt tested out her ankle
by running unaffiliated from the team -
individually - in two Michigan meets which
is a violation of Big Ten rules.
The rule states: "The injury or illness
must occur prior to the completion of the
first half of the traditional playing season of
the sport involved, and must prevent further
competition in that season." The April meet
in which she participated occurred after the
halfway point of the outdoor season, thus
making her ineligible for a waiver.
"I didn't gain any competitive advantage
from this," Rowand-Schmidt said. "I could
have run in a road race, and still been eligible."
Though she feels the rule is "stupid,"
Rowand-Schmidt knows her anger at the Big
Ten is misplaced. Rather, she is disappointed
with the Michigan Athletic Department.
"Like my parents told me, 'We entrusted
them to take care of you for four years, so you
wouldn't have to worry about anything,' and
then this happens," she said. "I've done every-
thing by the book for four years. I turned
down race money, I have good grades, I've done
everything I've been asked to, and this is the
thanks I get."
However, the Michigan Athletic Depart-
ment will neither publicly accept nor issue
the blame; Interim Athletic Director Jack
Weidenbach refused to criticize an individual.

by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Writer

The Michigan women's tennis
team finished its Big Ten season
with a bang by defeating Minnesota
Saturday, 8-1, and scoring a 6-3
victory over Iowa yesterday. The
victories gave the Wolverines (6-3
in the Big Ten, 14-6 overall) their
first above .500 record in six years.
Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt was
extremely happy with her squad's
season-ending performance.
"I am very pleased with our Big
Ten finish," she said. "I am looking
forward to the Big Ten tournament
this weekend. We should be seeded
fourth in the tournament, and we
were picked to finish fourth."
Saturday !marked the return Of
No. 1 singles player Christine
Schmeidel who had been sidelined
with an injury. In her return,
Schmeidel lost to Minnesota's
Jennie Moe, 6-2, 6-0. Schmeidel
rested Sunday, and Stacy Berg moved
from No. 2 to No. 1 singles.
In Saturday's remaining eight
matches Michigan dropped one set
to the Gophers and won four
matches - including all three
doubles matches - by default.

The default winners were
Jennifer Lev at No. 6 singles,
Schmeidel and Kim Pratt at No. 1
doubles, Stacy Berg and Lev at No. 2
doubles, and Frederika Adam and
Amy Malik at No. 3 doubles.
The Wolverines' No. 2 through
No. 5 singles players all posted
relatively easy victories.
Berg won defeated Libby Nelson
at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-3; Pratt
edged past Victoria Cordova at No.
3, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2; Kalei Beamon
toppled Jenny Margues, 6-1, 6-4; and
Amy Malik beat Vicky Kolaric in
back-to-back 6-4 sets at No. 5
After losing their first eight
matches to Minnesota, the
Wolverines have rebounded to
capture the last two meetings.
Michigan dominated Sunday's
singles competition winning five of
the six matches. Berg led the charge
winning 6-1, 6-2 over Tracey Peyton.
Beamon, Malik, Lev, and Adam all
won straight set victories. Each of
the four players moved up one spot
from Saturday's match to combat
Schmeidel's absence.
The Wolverines won only one of
See TENNIS, Page 4

Nelson hurls 'M'

to big weekend


by Jason Bank
Daily Sports Writer
One bad moment cast a dark
shadow over an otherwise success-
ful weekend for the Michigan soft-
* ball team.
The Wolverines (7-7 in the Big
Ten, 26-16 overall) took three out
of four games from Northwestern
and beat Western Michigan in a
doubleheader over the weekend.
Friday, Michigan topped Northwes-
tern, 5-0, before losing the second
game, 2-1. Saturday, the Wolverines
swept the Wildcats, 7-1 and 3-1.
Yesterday, Michigan completed

"I was trying to block the plate
after the runner (Hawkins) tagged
up," Cooper said, "but I blocked the
plate before the ball got to me from
center field. She ran into me and
landed on my knee."
Hawkins scored the decisive run
on the play, giving Northwestern
the slim victory. Senior hurler
Andrea Nelson took the loss in re-
lief of rookie Julie Clarkson.
Cooper's injury is possibly a
strained ligament, although she
will know for sure when she visits
uie doctor today. If the injury is se-

1) to improve her season record to
In the first game, the Wolverines
broke a 1-1 tie with six runs in the
seventh inning. Michigan shelled
Hawkins and sent 11 batters to the
plate in the final frame..X
Junior reserve Sue Sieler was in- .
serted in the lineup, and she re- 4
sponded with a three RBI game. Her
single in the sixth scored sopho-
more Patti Benedict and tied the
game, 1-1. In the seventh, another
Sieler hit scored two of the six runs
scored in the inning.

split with
by David Schechter
and Rod Loewenthal
Daily Baseball Writers


It was the kind of day when your
hot chocolate didn't stay hot for
very long -' sort of like the

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